Airline Strike Compensation

Due to an increasing number of flights every year, European airlines experience more and more difficulties, and airline staff strikes have become more frequent as well. Your travel plans might get turned upside down in the event of a flight delay or cancellation due to an airline staff strike. If you had a flight within the EU or from the EU or to the EU with an EU-based airline, and your flight got delayed or cancelled due to striking airline staff, then you may be entitled to compensation from €125 to €600 per person.

Check Your Airline Compensation

Several types of strikes can affect flights causing delays and cancellations. However, not all flights affected by strikes are eligible for compensation. For your convenience, we made a list of airline staff strikes. In the list below, you will see if you are eligible for compensation due to a flight delay or cancellation that occurred as a result of an airline staff strike.

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Which airline strike is eligible for compensation?

Strike nameStrike dateIs the strike eligible for compensation?How can I get compensated?
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) strike26 April 2019YesClaim Now
Pilot strike in France6 – 11 May 2019No
French Air Traffic Control strike9 May 2019No
Aviation workers strike in Italy21 May 2019No
Transavia staff strike16 – 18 August 2019YesClaim Now
Ryanair strike in Portugal21 – 25 August 2019YesClaim Now
Ryanair strike in the UK22 – 23 August 2019YesClaim Now
Heathrow Airport strike23 – 24 August 2019No
Ryanair strike in the UK2 – 4 September 2019YesClaim Now
Ryanair strike in Spain1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 28 September 2019YesClaim Now
Transavia strike1 September – 15 October 2019YesClaim Now

Claiming compensation for a delayed or cancelled flight caused by an airline strike

You may be entitled to up to €600 in compensation due to a strike if:

  • The reason for the flight delay or cancellation was the result of an airline staff strike.
  • Due to the strike, you arrived at your final destination 3 or more hours later than planned.
  • The airline cancelled your flight but informed you about the cancellation less than 14 days in advance.
  • Your flight departed or had to depart from the EU or arrive in the EU (but in the latter case, the carrier has to be an EU-based airline).
  • Your flight reservation was confirmed.
  • Your flight was delayed or cancelled due to a strike within the last 3 years.
  • The airline offered you an alternative flight and you arrived 3 or more hours later than was originally planned.

How do I know if it was an airline strike?

An airline strike involves airline employees that include pilots, cabin crew, airline engineers, and other employees working directly for the airline. If your flight was delayed because of and airline staff strike and you arrived at your final destination 3 or more hours later, you may be eligible for compensation. Also, if the airline cancelled your flight because of an airline staff strike but informed you about the cancellation less than 14 days before departure, then you also eligible for compensation and can get anywhere from €250 to €600 in compensation.

EU air passenger rights are defined under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004. According to this regulation, if your flight got delayed or cancelled and the airline is responsible for it, then each passenger can receive compensation. The same applies if your flight got delayed or cancelled due to an airline staff strike for which you may also be eligible for compensation.

In 2018, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that an airline staff strike is the responsibility of the airline since the airline is accountable for the actions of their employees. Therefore, in the event, a flight is disrupted due to an airline employee strike, the airline is obligated to compensate their clients.

Therefore, If your flight was delayed or cancelled due to an airline staff strike within the last 3 years, you can choose the best flight claims management company for you from our list and file a compensation claim.

When can’t I receive compensation due to an airline staff strike?

You are not eligible for compensation if the strike was organized by airport employees, which include:

  • Airport security staff strikes.
  • Baggage handler strikes.
  • Air traffic management staff strikes.
  • Strikes caused by political unrest.

The aforementioned strikes are regarded as extraordinary circumstances because airlines have no control over them. Extraordinary circumstances are situations that resulted in or reasons for delayed or cancelled flights that are not under the airlines’ control. Hence, airlines cannot do anything to prevent them even if they take reasonable measures to avoid them. Therefore, in such cases, airlines are not responsible for delays or cancellations.

How can I find out if I can get compensation due to an airline staff strike?

The quickest and easiest way to check if you are eligible for compensation is to use the compensation calculator of any flight claims management company listed on our website. Select a claims company, fill in your flight details on their website and you will know if you are eligible and how much you might get. Alternatively, you do this on our website by clicking the link below.

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What compensation amount due to an airline staff strike can I get?

Several factors affect the amount of compensation you might get. You may get anywhere from €125 to €600 if your flight got delayed or cancelled and you reached your final destination much later than originally planned.

Cancelled flight compensation due to an airline staff strike

As previously mentioned, airline staff strikes can lead to your flight getting cancelled, which makes you eligible for compensation provided that they informed you about the cancellation less than 14 days before departure. The compensation amount you may receive depends on the flight length and how late you were until you reached your destination airport. See the table below to see what compensation amount may receive.

Less than 2 hours2 – 3 hours3 – 4 hoursMore than 4 hoursNever arrivedDistance
€125€250€250€250€2501,500 km or less
€200€200€400€400€400Internal EU flights more than 1,500 km
€200€200€400€400€400Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km
€300€300€300€600€600Non-internal EU flights more than 3,500 km

Alternatively, you can enter your flight details into our free, user-friendly compensation calculator and you will know what compensation amount you may get.

Delayed flight compensation due to an airline staff strike

If your flight gets delayed for more than 3 hours, you may be eligible for compensation from €250 to €600, depending on delay time and overall flight distance. See the table below to see what compensation amount may receive.

Less than 3 hours3 – 4 hoursMore than 4 hoursNever arrivedDistance
€0€250€250€250 Less than 1,500 km
€0€400€400€400Internal EU flights more than 1,500 km
€0€400€400€400Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km
€0€300€600€600Non-internal EU flights more than 3,500 km

Alternatively, you can enter your flight details into our free, user-friendly compensation calculator and you will know what compensation amount you may get.

Denied boarding compensation due to an airline staff strike

In addition to your flight getting cancelled or delayed, you may also be denied boarding your flight due to an overbooked flight while the airline staff is on a strike. Therefore, you may also be eligible if you were denied boarding. Find out more about overbooked flight compensation here.

What are my air passenger rights in the event of an airline staff strike?

If your flight got cancelled, you have certain rights, such as the right to care services, meaning that the airline has to provide you with certain services.

Right to care

According to Regulation (EC) No 261/2004, if your flight got cancelled, delayed or overbooked, then depending on how long you have to wait, airlines have to provide you with certain amenities that include the following:

  • Food and refreshments while you wait for your flight.
  • Access to 2 phone calls, faxes, and emails.
  • Overnight accommodation at a hotel and transport from and to the airport.

Can I rebook my flight?

Yes, you can. If your flight was cancelled or delayed for more than 5 hours, you can abandon your flight and ask the airline to refund your ticket price. You also have the right to opt for an alternative flight to your destination, if the airline offers it.

Can I get compensated for flight disruptions that occurred due to an airline staff strike in the past?

The European Court of Justice decided that the ruling that airline staff strikes are not extraordinary circumstances is retrospective. This means that flights affected by airline strikes that occurred no more than 3 years ago are eligible compensation under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004. Therefore, for example, if your flight was affected by the Ryanair strike of 2018, you may be entitled to compensation if your flight was delayed or cancelled.

What should I do to get compensated for flight disruption due to an airline staff strike?

You can demand the airline to compensate you, but they will likely avoid doing that. Furthermore, it may be time-consuming as some airlines tend to drag on this as much as they can. A faster and hassle-free alternative is to have a flight claims management company to take care of everything for you. All you have to do is provide them with the necessary flight details and the claims company will take care of the paperwork, contact the airline, and represent you in court (if necessary).

Check what compensation amount due to an airline strike you can get with our compensation calculator.

Choose the best flight claims management company from our list and file your claim.